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Richard Ferrante

Extended Cognition and Empirical Evidence

Extending Cognition to Include Other Minds I’ve discussed extended cognition here previously and recently read a paper by Slaby & Gallagher that “extends the extension” to include other minds, specifically those involved in a community of scientific practice. This is reminiscent of Hardwig’s Epistemic Dependence  paper which discussed the implications of …

Radical Embodied Cognitive Science.

“Radical” is an understatement. This book isn’t just cognitive science with digital computers and no explicit symbolic thought. This is cognitive science via coupled oscillators — without even a hint of anything that could look like a predicate, a concept or even an explicit variable (Implicit variables are OK, since the …

Embodiment and Intelligence

I guess it has become a truism that “real intelligence” requires embodiment (some random pointers: why alphago is not ai; another good place to start is the AI section of the wikipedia embodied cognition entry) I’ve been a firm believer in this for decades, since a non-embodied system requires explicitly …

A quick note on “The Structure of Objects”

The Structure of Objects by Kathrin Koslicki Just a quick note on this important mereology work, which takes what I’d call a deeply simple approach to the problem of what is a “whole object” She makes three main moves Parts need to be arranged in a structured manner to form a …

Barbara Gail Montero’s Thought in Action

Thought in Action by Barbara Gail Montero is the dual of many of the books I’ve discussed on this site. Where the others could be characterized by “in contrast to our beliefs that the bulk of our daily lives consists of conscious activity, it is actually primarily unconscious”, her work …

C. elegans connectome

After finishing my last post  There’s Something Out There,  I reread The Connectome of a Decision-Making Neural Network by Travis A. Jarrell et al. , which I found dovetailed nicely with it — consider this a note added in proof From the abstract Here, we present the wiring diagram of the …

Deictic Color

I recently read Ecumenicism, comparability, and color, or: How to have your cake and eat it, too by Jonathan Cohen. The situation he discussed is based on the classic color perception experiment in which a gray square surrounded by a lighter color is perceived as being darker than the same …

The Missing Piece(s)

In my last post, I was trying to unpack a bit of what we mean when we use the term conscious. My expectation was that this follow up post would be about an active, purposeful processes focussed and driven by emotion. Upon further consideration I’ve also come to the position …

In Theory, Mary Could Not Exist in Practice

Aka How important is it that our thought experiments plausibly reflect the developmental paths implicitly necessary for their postulates to hold? I was kicked into this train of thought after reading Berit Brogaard’s The status of consciousness in nature, which discusses the Mary in a room thought experiment and has …